The Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the most highly anticipated event in Gospel music, will celebrate its 38th edition on Saturday, July 15, 2023. The prestigious award ceremony will be taped live at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, promising an unforgettable evening of soul-stirring performances and well-deserved accolades. Hosted by Jonathan McReynolds and Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, the Stellar Awards will pay tribute to three remarkable individuals who have made significant contributions to the Gospel music industry.
CeCe Winans, an iconic figure in the genre, will be honored with the esteemed Aretha Franklin Icon Award, recognizing her exceptional talent and enduring impact. Additionally, Rev. Dr. Milton Biggham will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring his lifetime dedication to spreading the uplifting message of Gospel music. Dr. Bobby Jones, a true legend in Gospel music, will be honored with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award, acknowledging his outstanding contributions and influential career.
Honoree, The Aretha Franklin Icon Award
The lineup of performers at the 38th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will feature powerhouse performances by Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Naomi Raine, Pastor Mike Jr., Maranda Curtis, Tim Bowman Jr.& Faith City Music, DOE, Dorothy Norwood and Zacardi Cortez. The emerging voices stage will showcase the incredible talents of HLE and Lena Byrd Miles, providing a platform for these rising stars.
SUMMARY OF 2023 STELLAR AWARDS TOP NOMINEES
Pastor Mike, Jr. – 10 Nominations
Tye Tribbett – 9 Nominations
Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin – 6 Nominations
Tasha Cobbs Leonard – 5 Nominations
Zacardi Cortez – 5 Nominations
DOE* – 5 Nominations
Tamela Mann – 4 Nominations
Maranda Curtis – 3 Nominations
Travis Greene & Forward City* – 3 Nominations
JJ Hairston – 3 Nominations
Brent Jones* – 3 Nominations
Bishop S.Y. Younger feat. Sounds of the Ramp* – 3 Nominations
* Denotes first time nominee
The Stellar Awards Red Carpet Special pre-show will be televised on the newly launched Stellar Network on Sunday, July 30 at 5pm ET, followed by The Stellar Gospel Music Awards telecast at 6pm ET. The Stellar Network can be found on Charter Spectrum and Verizon Fios. Viewers may check with their local provider for availability in their area. Both shows will be available on-demand via Xumo Play at a later date. The ceremony will also air in national broadcast syndication from August 7 through September 10, 2023.